Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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The walls were hung with rich tapestries representing the Triumph of Beauty. A large press, inlaid with agate and lapis-lazuli, filled one corner, and facing the window stood a curiously wrought cabinet with lacquer panels of powdered and mosaiced gold, on which were placed some delicate goblets of Venetian glass, and a cup of dark-veined onyx. Pale poppies were broidered on the silk coverlet of the bed, as though they had fallen from the tired hands of sleep, and tall reeds of fluted ivory bare up the velvet canopy, from which great tufts of ostrich plumes sprang, like white foam, to the pallid silver of the fretted ceiling. A laughing Narcissus in green bronze held a polished mirror above its head. On the table stood a flat bowl of amethyst. Oscar Wilde

I did not want any external influence in my life. You know how independent I am by nature. I have always been my own master; had at least always been so, till I met Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde

I am afraid it is quite clear, Cecily, that neither of us is engaged to be married to any one. Oscar Wilde

Are ALL men bad? Oh, all of them, my dear, all of them, without any exception. And they never grow any better. Men become old, but they never become good.. Oscar Wilde

How you men stand up for each other! How you women war against each other! Oscar Wilde

he had been filled with terror lest other eyes should look upon it. It had brought melancholy across his passions. Its mere memory had marred many moments of joy. It had been like conscience to him. Yes, it had been conscience. He would destroy it. Oscar Wilde

I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself. Oscar Wilde

And beauty is a form of genius-is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. Oscar Wilde

Unconsciously he defines for me the lines of a fresh new school, a school that is to have in it all the passion of the romantic spirit, all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek. The harmony of soul and body - how much that is! We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, an ideality that is void. Harry! If only you knew what Dorian Gray is to me! Oscar Wilde

The trouble with Marxism is that it takes up too many evenings. Oscar Wilde

For myself, the only immortality I desire is to invent a new sauce. Oscar Wilde

We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. Oscar Wilde

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist-that is all. Oscar Wilde

wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational. Oscar Wilde

I feel I must come with you. And will you talk to me all the time? No one talks so wonderfully as you do. Oscar Wilde

You see, it is a very dangerous thing to listen. If one listens one may be convinced; and a man who allows himself to be convinced by an argument is a thoroughly unreasonable person. lady basildon. Oscar Wilde

very essence of romance is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde

Through vanity he had spared her. Oscar Wilde

Lord Henry, you are quite delightful and dreadfully demoralizing. Oscar Wilde

When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. Oscar Wilde

Dale una mascara a un hombre y te dira la verdad Oscar Wilde

are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Oscar Wilde

Cupids laughed round it as of old. Oscar Wilde

As the door closed behind them, the painter flung himself down on a sofa, and a look of pain came into his face. Oscar Wilde

But there is no such thing, sir, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of Nature are not going to be suspended for the British aristocracy Oscar Wilde

When one is in love one begins by deceiving oneself, and one ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde

I cannot repeat an emotion. No one can, except sentimentalists. Oscar Wilde

It is only the sacred things that are worth touching, Dorian Oscar Wilde

There was evidently no time to be lost, so, hastily adopting the Fourth dimension of Space as a means of escape, he vanished through the wainscoting, and the house became quite quiet. Oscar Wilde

Love is a more wonderful thing than art. Oscar Wilde

Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything. Oscar Wilde

Sincerity is the last refuge of the shallow. Oscar Wilde

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. Oscar Wilde

Really the answers I get are idiotic. The entire correspondence of you and Robbie with me should be published. The best title would be Letters from Two Idiots to a Lunatic, I should fancy. Oscar Wilde

Complex people waste half their strength in trying to conceal what they do. Is it any wonder they should always come to grief? Oscar Wilde

I am getting rather astonishing in my Italian conversation. I believe I talk a mixture of Dante and the worst modern slang. Oscar Wilde

But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play- I tell you, Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend. Browning writes about that somewhere; but our own senses will imagine them for us. There are moments when the odour of lilas blanc passes suddenly across me, and I have to live the strangest month of my life over again. Oscar Wilde

The world has cried out against us both, but it has always worshipped you. Oscar Wilde

You have crushed the grapes against your palate. Nothing has been hidden from you. And it has all been to you no more than the sound of music. It has not marred you. Oscar Wilde

In the cave of black Despair: He only looked upon the sun, And drank the morning air. Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about, Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read Oscar Wilde

Be not spendthrift of your honesty, But keep it to yourself Oscar Wilde

The secret seems to be the only way to become mysterious and wonderful modern life. The commonest thing gets a touch fascinating when done on the sly. Oscar Wilde

We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. Oscar Wilde

No married man is ever attractive except to his wife. Oscar Wilde

Colonel. Can she read and write? Peter. Ay, that she can, sir. Colonel. Then she is a dangerous woman. Oscar Wilde

The truth is rarely pure Oscar Wilde

Meredith is a prose Browning. So is Browning. Oscar Wilde

LADY BRACKNELL: It is my last reception, and one wants something that will encourage conversation, particularly at the end of the season when every one has practically said whatever they had to say, which, in most cases, was probably not much. Oscar Wilde

The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. Oscar Wilde

Soul and body, body and soul- how mysterious they were! Oscar Wilde

Besides, nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. Oscar Wilde

If we lived long enough to see the results of our actions, it may be that those who call themselves good would be sickened with a dull remorse, and those whom the world calls evil stirred by a noble joy. Each little thing we do passes into the great machine of life, which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilization, more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before. Oscar Wilde

If this girl can give a soul to those who have lived without one, if she can create the sense of beauty in people whose lives have been sordid and ugly, if she can strip them of their selfishness and lend them tears for sorrows that are not their own, she is worthy of all your adoration, worthy of the adoration of the world. Oscar Wilde

ALLONBY.-La ventaja de jugar con fuego, lady Caroline, es que no nos quemamos. Solo se quema la gente que no sabe jugar con el. Oscar Wilde

Do you smoke? Jack. Well, yes, I must admit I smoke. Lady Bracknell. I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. Oscar Wilde

He lives the poetry that he cannot write; the others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Oscar Wilde

Worlds had to be in travail, that the meanest flower might blow.... Oscar Wilde

Whatever music sounds like, I am glad to say it does not sound in the smallest degree like German. Oscar Wilde

Only England could have produced him, and he always said that the country was going to the dogs. Oscar Wilde

To know the vintage and quality of a wine one need not drink the whole cask. It must be perfectly easy in half an hour to say whether a book is worth anything or worth nothing. Ten minutes are really sufficient, if one has the instinct for form. Who wants to wade through a dull volume? One tastes it, and that is quite enough -more than enough, I should imagine. Oscar Wilde

As for marriage, of course that would be silly, but there are other and more interesting bonds between men and women. Oscar Wilde

Do you smoke? Jack. Well, yes, I must admit I smoke. Lady Bracknell. I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. There are far too many idle men in London as it is. Oscar Wilde

and the worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic. Oscar Wilde

love is not fashionable any more, the poets have killed it. Oscar Wilde

My dear fellow why have you any reason? What odd chaps you painters are. You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde

It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing. Oscar Wilde

Some red star had come too close to the earth. Oscar Wilde

Now, the value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Oscar Wilde



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